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BWF PT No 204 - 12km

Walk Organiser: Tony Ash, 79 Chelston Avenue, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4PT. Tel 01935 474388.

Walk Fee: £1.00, Embroidered Badge £2.00.

Start: Temple Meads Railway Station, Bristol [GR 172/597724]

Route Directions

From inside of main entrance of Station follow signs to Temple Quay. Pass through Brunels’ wide gauge railway terminal (now a car park) down the slope through the car park, cross another car park entrance and go ahead to follow the Isambard Walk to right of the ‘round’ square.  At river and pedestrian bridge in front, turn left on quayside, ahead to pass under ‘double bridge’ and immediately turn left up the shallow steps to road, turn left.  Cross bridge and road, straight on passing church on left to One Castle Park, turn left.  Ahead 150m and turn right to cross road, turn left into park to the left of bandstand and church on castle mound, river on left, to reach road by bridge and cross at second pedestrian crossing up from bridge heading for Baldwin Street to the left of St Nicholas Church.  Straight on for 20m then turn right up steps to St Nicholas markets.  Ahead over road into All Saints Lane to end and turn left.  At main market entrance on left a notice board explains about the ‘Brass Pillars or Nails”.

Q1.  Who made the Third Pillar?

Straight on into Clare Street to road and cross to pedestrian plaza area and turn left with mini fountains on right. Straight on along left hand side of quay to turn right over Pero’s (Ear trumpet!) bridge and straight on to the @ Bristol building.  Turn right to cross road, then turn right and immediately turn left up steps and emerge into College Green and turn left at end of railings passing Bristol Cathedral on left.

Q2. What was the Cathedral Church formerly?

Turn right on paving through College Green with water feature on left in front of the City council building (golden unicorns on roof) to road, turn left uphill along Park Street to turn left into Charlotte Street (100m before Bristol University/City Museum buildings). Straight on, right hand side, up the steps into Brandon Hill Park and turn left by black railings, take the first right fork, ignore right and left turns, continuing on level path passing park benches on right and left, the Peace plaque and a pond, taking the steps down on your left to bottom and turn left. Straight on path to crossing by benches and litter bin and turn sharp right downhill between park info sign and litter bin passing red/orange panelled apartments on left (in distance) reaching the Wildlife Centre on the right to steps and road. Cross road to Constitution Hill (1 in 6), straight on up to top (Lower Clifton Hill sign opposite), cross road to Clifton Road and turn left then bear right on path to ‘T’ post, cross road and turn left for 10m then turn right onto St Andrews Walk (War memorial on right). Straight on tree arched walkway to reach The Fosseway, cross road and bear left to Victoria Square Hotel. Cross road and enter Victoria Square along diagonal walled path, through the arch into Boyce’s Avenue (shops!) and straight on road to T junction, cross at zebra crossing, turn left. Turn right into Princess Victoria Street keeping on right hand side to turn right into The Mall to the end. Cross over zebra crossing and bear left across park on tarmac path. Cross over road and straight on tarmac path [signpost Observatory] slightly uphill.  Pass Observatory on right for 50m to Information Board.

Q3.  How far do the cliffs plunge to River Avon?

Retrace steps along path keeping hedge/fence on right, overlooking the Gorge, with Observatory on left.  Turn right down winding path, past ‘rock slide’ to road.  Turn right to cross the Clifton Suspension Bridge and cross for free!  Admire the view, especially down!

Straight on road to bear left into Burwalls Road and follow to the National Trust Leigh Wood footpath, turn left through railed enclosure to continue on footpath through woods taking either of split paths (they both join each other) to concrete structure, turn left over railway bridge and then turn right onto path.  At footpath ‘T’ junction turn left, passing under bridge [Brunel Way]. Straight on and turn left over old railway bridge and turn right (multi coloured sign!) to continue straight on following the path, river on right for 250m.  Turn left at small barriers to cross railway line and through gap in railings, cross road and turn right at Avon Crescent sign and ahead on Cumberland Road.  Turn left through green metal gate [Baltic Wharf] and follow path around car park and ahead on pedestrian path, harbour on left.  Follow harbourside path around to right, then left at slipway, round the harbour to join road passing toilets on right.  Turn left by old railway lines passing restoration dock on left to road.  Turn left to reach the Floating Harbour quayside where a detour to view Brunel’s SS Great Britain and Cabot’s replica ship can be taken. (Alternative start point)

Q4. On direction sign by part wooden anchor, how far to the Falkland Islands?

Turn right and continue straight on with the Floating Harbour on the left following quayside passing large grey [35 ton] steam crane and under dockside cranes to road and cross.  Follow ‘cobbled’ path straight on turning right then left over blue pedestrian bridge to the Ostrich Inn, turn left.  Follow cobbles on left of quayside going round building on left through the car park and entrance and at road, turn right.  Straight on to roundabout going anti-clockwise to pass the Quaker’s Burial ground on right hand side and cross road to St Mary Redcliffe Church. Straight on along Redcliffe Way follow pavement on right hand side of ‘island’ to pedestrian crossing on left by Holiday Inn Express, cross and turn right passing the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum and turn left to Temple Meads Railway Station approach and end of walk.

It is advisable to use the Brislington Park and Ride [does not operate Sundays/Bank Holidays] if not using the railway public transport system.  The drop off and pick up is at the Express Holiday Inn which is located [ask the driver!] at the bottom of Temple Meads Station Approach.  As in most towns/cities car parking is expensive, on road parking on Cumberland Road, near the SS Great Britain approach road, is free and normally plentiful at weekends, turn into Gasferry Road [Wallace and Grommit Studios] to Alternative start point  on route description.

Route updated 29 April 2014